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Football nutrition: time for a new consensus?
  1. James Collins1,
  2. Alan McCall1,2,
  3. Johann Bilsborough3,4,
  4. Ron Maughan5
  1. 1 Research & Development Department, Arsenal Football Club, London, UK
  2. 2 Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3 Boston Celtics, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  4. 4 University Technology Sydney (UTS), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  5. 5 School of Medicine, St Andrews University, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
  1. Correspondence to James Collins, Arsenal Football Club, Bell Ln, London Colney, Hertfordshire WD7 9AD, UK; jcollins{at}

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Good nutrition choices can support optimal health and performance of footballers. The intake, type, quantity and timing of foods, fluids and supplementation can optimise preparation, performance and recovery of players within and between matches.1 In the fast-paced world of elite football, a one-stop shop resource gathering current best practice and research information would greatly benefit practitioners and players. Expert consensus statements are widely used to improve the quality of player care. Recently, a generic sports nutrition consensus was published1; however, football is different and somewhat unique, and specific nutrition guidelines have not been updated for over a decade.2

We believe that sports-specific recommendations are needed, and 10 years on we ask ourselves, are these guidelines relevant today? This editorial highlights (1) why an updated football-specific consensus is necessary and (2) how it can benefit the modern-day football practitioner and player.

Why an updated consensus is timely!

Research is moving faster than we can keep up

Like many areas in sports-related research, there has been an exponential increase …

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.